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Save Every Day: Let “Free” In

June 06, 2012 | Alliant Credit Union

If you have recently purchased a home, have a suspiciously destructive pet, or young children with exceptionally creative imaginations, your furniture may need to be replaced. Luckily, when you look in all the right places, FREE furniture is right at your fingertips.

Craigslist
The "Free" section is an excellent place to find side tables, retired dressers and dining room sets others have no use for. It's okay to take others up on their offers to give things away; they don't need it anymore, and you do. It's a simple concept, which many find difficult to swallow. "What if it's damaged?" or "What if it isn't in a quality I accept?" - Most "sellers" (although the items are free) are willing to send photos, or if they are close enough, you can stop by to check out the item at a convenient time. Make sure you bring a friend with you and meet during the day. Not all sellers are dangerous, but there is no harm in bringing a buddy along for the ride.

Freecycle
This is a wonderful network, which you have to send an application to become a member. The application is just a brief summary of what your goals are and why you want to be in the group - but it's a nice feature so you know the people there are screened. The priorities in this group are simple; they want local people to work together to keep usable items out of landfills. The group is sustainable because every new member must offer something before they are allowed to post something they're searching for. Best of all? Every single item is free. Items for purchase are not allowed!

These tools are great for do-it-yourselfers and those who aren't afraid to get a little paint on their shirt or put some elbow grease into a project. An old dining room set can look like new with a little sanding and a fresh coat of paint - the cost of materials to do so will still be a fraction of what a full-priced set would be at a retailer! If you have a great "FREE" find you want to share with us - please tweet to us or post on our Facebook wall!

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SOURCES: craigslist.org, freecycle.org


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